Chase Is On To Reach Career Milestones During 2021 NHL Regular Season
Game recaps, injury updates, latest fines, Stars re-sign McKenzie & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Phil Kessel’s shootout goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid also tallied in the shootout. McDavid also scored the game-tying goal in the third period as the Oilers overcame a 2-0 deficit.
Joel Edmundson’s goal with 20 seconds remaining in regulation lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Vladimir Tarasenko and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist for the Blues. Rickard Rakell also had a goal and an assist for the Ducks.
Eric Staal collected two goals and an assist to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 7-4 spanking of the Florida Panthers. Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund each had a goal and an assist.
Tomas Tatar scored twice and set up another as the Detroit Red Wings upset the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 24 saves in his first NHL game since suffering a knee injury on Dec. 20.
Boone Jenner’s third-period goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky saw his shutout streak end at 182 minutes and 50 seconds.
The Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday unveiled a statue of “Mr. Hockey”, the late, great Gordie Howe.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom is sidelined indefinitely by a concussion.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning centers Tyler Johnson, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette (lower-body injuries) are listed as day-to-day.
NBC SPORTS: Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin were each fined $2,000.00 for embellishment/diving.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars re-signed forward Curtis McKenzie to a one-year, $700K contract extension.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek ripped NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly regarding the league’s indecision over participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics. “It’s stupid and I find it absolutely ridiculous,” said Voracek, adding the players are keen to take part.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: From your lips to Bettman’s ears, Jakub, though I doubt his remarks will have any effect upon the league’s handling of this situation.
NHL unveils remainder of their 100 greatest players to start All-Star weekend. Reaction and more in your morning headlines.
NHL.COM: On Friday, the NHL unveiled the remaining 67 of its 100 greatest players at a gala event in Los Angeles to kick off the start of the All-Star weekend. They were all players who played predominantly from 1967 to the present. The list included such greats as Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, as well as current active stars such as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Jaromir Jagr.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see the complete list of the top 100, as well as bios of the players, by following the above link.
For the players being honored, meeting and chatting backstage before the gala left them in awe of each other. Many of the younger players were honored to be mixing with their idols, who were in turn thrilled to meet them.
ESPN.COM: Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux agreed that the greatest player of all time was Gordie Howe, who passed away last June at age 88. Among active players, Gretzky and Lemieux consider Crosby the best in the league right now. “Until someone knocks him off the castle, that’s the way it’s going to be,” said Gretzky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: “Mr. Hockey” may no longer be with us, but his legend still looms large over the NHL.
NBC SPORTS: Pierre Pilote, Dale Hawerchuk and MIchel Goulet were among some of the notable Hockey Hall of Famers who were not part of the 100 greatest, while active stars such as Joe Thornton, Evgeni Malkin and Zdeno Chara were also passed over.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s very difficult to come up with a list of the 100 greatest players of all time. For every slam dunk selection such as Howe, Orr and Gretzky, there will be several worthy candidates who fail to make the cut. Every fan will have a favorite star they believe merits inclusion over others.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson could return to action early next week. Anderson had taken a leave of absence to be with his wife Nicholle, who’s completed treatment for throat cancer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good news for the Senators, and here’s hoping Nicholle Anderson make a complete recovery.
TVA SPORTS: Renaud Lavoie reports the Tampa Bay Lightning placed Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival on waivers.
Penguins honored at White House, Lightning to honor Martin St. Louis, injury updates & more in your NHL morning headlines.
Check out NHL.com for last night’s preseason scores.
TRIBLIVE.COM: President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the White House yesterday. “We are here to celebrate an extraordinary achievement. Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion,’ joked Obama, who also hosted the Penguins back in 2009 for their previous Cup championship.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Tampa Bay Lightning will honor former captain Martin St. Louis by retiring his No. 26 at a ceremony on Jan. 13. St. Louis spent 13 of his 17 seasons with the Lightning, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. During his tenure with the Bolts, he also won two scoring titles and the Hart Memorial Trophy (2004). He’s the franchise’s “all-time leading scorer with 953 points and he ranks second in Lightning history in games (972) and goals (365).”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s talk some Lightning fans are still upset over St. Louis demanding a trade to the New York Rangers following the 2014 Winter Olympics. While I can understand that bitterness, it’s best to remember what he did for the franchise during his long tenure with them. St. Louis played an important role in turning the Lightning from a laughingstock into a champion, helping them remain a competitive team. Without him, the Lightning’s history over the past fifteen years might be completely different, and perhaps not for the better.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres forwards Ryan O’Reilly (back and midsection spasms) and Kyle Okposo (bruised knee), and defensemen Zach Bogosian (groin) and Dmitry Kulikov (butt bruise) are currently sidelined by injuries.
ESPN.COM: The Los Angeles Kings placed winger Marian Gaborik (broken foot) on injured reserve.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad will miss the next four weeks with a broken bone in one of his hands.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller is listed as day-to-day with a bruised knee.
COURIER POST: Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Laughton is out three-four weeks with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Brandon Manning (upper body) is listed as week-to-week.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo will miss the next four weeks with a groin injury.
STARTRIBUNE.COM’s Michael Russo reports the Dallas Stars signed forward Justin Fontaine to a professional tryout offer.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Clayton Stoner on waivers, demoted blueliners Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour and ended the PTO contract of forward Sean Bergenheim.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stoner is earning $3.25 million this season and next. It’s unlikely a rival club will pick up that salary via waivers.
NEW YORK POST: A New York judge has spared former minor league player Jordan Hart, who was accused of providing painkillers to the late Derek Boogaard. She found no basis that he supplied the drugs that killed Boogaard. Hart instead received a one-year probation. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said Hart and Boogaard “were victims of organized sports, which did not consider the consequences of supplying large quantities of addictive pain medication to their players.”
MLIVE.COM: NHL Hall of Fame defenseman and Detroit Red Wings director of pro scouting is one of the winners of the 2016 Lester Patrick Trophy.
Team Europe downs Sweden in World Cup of Hockey semis, Clarke MacArthur injured & more in NHL morning headlines.
NHL.COM: Tomas Tatar scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, as Team Europe upset Team Sweden 3-2 in the semifinal of the World Cup of Hockey. The Europeans will face Team Canada in the best two-out-of-three finals beginning on Tuesday. Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves for Team Europe.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tatar’s game winner went in off his skate, but video review determined there was no kicking motion on his part. Team Europe was the underdog of this tournament, so getting to the final was a significant achievement. However, they’ll face their biggest challenge in their upcoming series against the unbeaten Canadians.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators winger Clarke MacArthur suffered a concussion during a team scrimmage yesterday following what appeared to be a blindside hit by training camp hopeful Patrick Sieloff. MacArthur missed most of last season to concussion symptoms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hate to say this, but I believe this spells the end of MacArthur’s playing career. This latest injury could put his career in jeopardy.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Agent Darren Ferris, who represents Arizona Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder, said his client won’t report to the club’s training camp following the World Cup of Hockey, A restricted free agent, Rieder is currently skating with Team Europe.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rieder’s coming off an entry-level contract. He can either hold out for a better deal or sign with a European team. If unsigned by Dec. 1, he’ll be ineligible to play for the remainder of the season.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt suffered a minor lower-body injury during practice yesterday.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning will honor recently retired center Vincent Lecavalier on Oct. 18.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lecavalier spent 14 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Lightning. The former Bolts captain is the franchise leaders in games player (1,037) and goals (383). He also helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2004.
SASKATOON STAR-PHOENIX: The ashes of hockey legend Gordie Howe and his wife Maureen was interred yesterday beneath his statue in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Winnipeg Jets name Blake Wheeler captain, Scott Gomez retires, P.K. Subban returns to Montreal & more in this morning’s NHL headlines.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets yesterday formally announced winger Blake Wheeler is their new team captain. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and center Mark Scheifele are the alternate captains.
ALASKA DISPATCH NEWS: After 16 NHL seasons, forward and Anchorage native Scott Gomez announced his retirement. Gomez played for the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators.
His best seasons came during his first stint with the Devils (1999-2000 to 2006-07), winning two Stanley Cups and the 2000 Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. In 1,079 regular season games, Gomez netted 181 goals and 756 points, as well as 101 points in 149 playoff games.
TSN.CA: Back in Montreal for the
first second time since being traded in June by the Canadiens to the Nashvile Predators, defenseman P.K. Subban admitted he was disappointed not to be selected for Team Canada in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, but said he has no control over that. Subban was in Montreal for the first anniversary of his $10 million pledge to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. In one year, his foundation raised over $1.4 million for his fund that helps families with sick children undergoing financial hardship.
OTTAWA SUN: It’s been a bittersweet summer for Senators winger Bobby Ryan, who welcomed the birth of his first child but also endured the loss of his mother to liver cancer.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The ashes of hockey great Gordie Howe will be interred in the base of a statue that honors him outside a hockey arena in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers yesterday unveiled gold-trimmed jerseys to commemorate their 50th anniversary.
BOSTON HERALD: Individual home game tickets for Bruins games in 2016-17 go on sale Sept. 8.
USA TODAY: The NHL adds meldonium to its list of banned substances.
SI.COM: Colin Fleming considers the Team Canada roster of the 1976 Canada Cup tournament to be hockey’s ultimate “Dream Team”, Among the 18 Hall of Famers were Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Denis Potvin, Bobby Clarke, Darryl Sittler, Lanny McDonald, Phil Esposito, Marcel Dionne, Gilbert Perreault and soon-to-be inducted Rogie Vachon.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The PIttsburgh Penguins will visit the White House with the Stanley Cup on Oct. 6.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Speaking of the Stanley Cup, Andy O’Brien, PEI native and the Penguins director of sport science and performance, brought the big mug to Atlantic Fitness Centre in Charlottetown yesterday. Here’s some photos of the occasion: